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Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, by Charlotte Brooks

By Charlotte Brooks

Between the early 1900s and the overdue Fifties, the attitudes of white Californians towards their Asian American associates advanced from outright hostility to relative attractiveness. Charlotte Brooks examines this change in the course of the lens of California’s city housing markets, arguing that the perceived foreignness of Asian american citizens, which at first stranded them in segregated components, finally facilitated their integration into neighborhoods that confounded different minorities.

Against the backdrop of chilly battle efforts to win Asian hearts and minds, whites who observed little distinction among Asians and Asian americans more and more encouraged the latter group’s entry to middle-class existence and the residential parts that went with it. yet as they remodeled Asian american citizens right into a “model minority,” whites purposefully neglected the lengthy backstory of chinese language and jap american citizens’ early and principally failed makes an attempt to take part in private and non-private housing courses. As Brooks tells this multifaceted tale, she attracts on a extensive diversity of assets in a number of languages, giving voice to an array of group leaders, reporters, activists, and homeowners—and insightfully conveying the complexity of racialized housing in a multiracial society.

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